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May 17, 2016: The Committee has revised the instruction for Leaving the Scene of an Accident (CR35-051) and expanded the accompanying Reporter’s Note. Additionally, the Committee has added two new instructions, for LSA with serious bodily injury (CR35-056) and LSA … Continue reading
May 1, 2016: The Committee has revised the instructions and Reporter’s Notes for Homicide in light of State v. Congress, 2014 VT 129, 198 Vt. 241.
April 1, 2016: The Committee has posted instructions and a Reporter’s Note for the new crime of Aggravated Disorderly Conduct under 13 V.S.A. § 1026a. The Committee has also made minor revisions to the Disorderly Conduct (13 V.S.A. § 1026) instructions, … Continue reading
January 10, 2016: The Committee has posted new or revised Reporter’s Notes for Endeavoring to Obstruct Justice (CR28-503), Assault and Robbery (CR21-011 through CR21-071), and DUI: Second Offense, Phase II Proceeding (CR30-171).
January 10, 2016: The Committee has revised the Reporter’s Note for Diminished Capacity and Intoxication in light of State v. Congress, 2014 VT 129. January 20, 2016: The Committee has posted revised instructions for Diminished Capacity and Intoxication: CR07-153, CR07-156, … Continue reading
October 1, 2015: The Committee has revised the instruction for Disturbing the Peace by Telephone (CR22-201) to eliminate the word “anonymous,” as reflected in a recent legislative enactment. See 2013, Adj. Sess., No. 150, § 5, eff. July 1, 2014.
October 1, 2015: The Reporter’s Note for “lewdness” under 13 V.S.A. § 2632(a)(8) has been revised.
July 31, 2015: A new instruction has been added for the crime of “Accessory After the Fact” (13 V.S.A. § 5). September 29, 2015: A Reporter’s Note has been added to accompany the above instruction.
June 15, 2015: Several instructions as well as the definitions page have been updated to reflect that in the assault context, “serious bodily injury” by definition includes strangulation. See 13 V.S.A. § 1021(2). The updated instructions and reporter’s notes can … Continue reading